Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Blue Tablecloth

Inspired by the George Lucas drawing I did a while back, here is another pen & ink drawing with a checkered background.

Looking at this for a second time, I am realizing that this one may be a bit derivative from The Sandman.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Channeling Miyazaki

I did this drawing quickly the other night when I was tired, and I promptly fell in love with it. I had been drawing for a project using a fine round tip brush and India ink. On a whim I decided to try doing a quick contour drawing the same way I draw using a ballpoint pen.

I have tried translating the same technique using a fountain pen, and it does not work. The key to the ballpoint drawings is the pen's flow. Because of the ball-tip the line is continuous and does not have hard stops. Conversely, the fountain tip makes drawings that are made up almost exclusively of hard stops because you are dragging tips of metal across the page. This means it is great for cross-hatching, but not so great for flowing contours.

Anyway, I tried the contour drawing with the brush and ink and immediately knew that this would work. It flows nearly as well as the ballpoint pen, except when you have to stop to dip the brush back in the ink. However, this is more than made up for by the dynamic line variation and even tonal variation as the brush loses ink.

I am sure that is more than you wanted to know.

Shifting gears, after staring at the drawing for a while, I think I discovered why it appeals to me so much: it looks like a drawing of Lupin or Daisuke Jigen from The Castle of Cagliostro.

If you have not seen this movie, you should. It is one of Miyazaki's early greats.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Home of the Naturalist


I just finished this illustration for a client. I can not say much about the project itself, but I will say that this was really exciting to put together.

This is a larger cross-hatching drawing than I usually do (approximately 11 x 17 inches). This is great, though, because the drawing looks even better when it is scaled down.

I can not tell if I want to poke around in this room or run.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Lazy Artist

Last night I decided to do this quick sketch of my father. I was inspired by an illustration portrait I recently saw which used strong blacks for the face and then bright reds for the clothes.

I had drawn my dad's face and arms and was ready to add the red ink. Now, being the procrastinator that I am, I have not replaced my empty paper towel roll out in my studio. As such, I did not have anything to sufficiently wipe off my pen nib with. It was late at night (...early morning that is) and I did not feel like marching into the house to retrieve some more towels.

I resorted to lazy creativity and decided rather than using my pen nib, I would just load my ink dropper and "draw" with it while slightly squeezing the rubber bulb on the opposite end.

Rarely is such laziness rewarded as it was last night. Within about 20 seconds I had roughed in the shirt and immediately realized that the shirt was done. I had expected to do a lot more detail, but now knew that anything more would feel overworked.

"Hi, my name is Landis, and I am a lazy artist."

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Child Sketch

Here is another development sketch I did a little while ago for my next book project.

I have actually started the final illustrations for this project which is quite thrilling. To start seeing a story unfolding in front of you is a high like not much else.

Well, except maybe a full bowl of Boo Berry.